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Mormons

Lt. Ben Allston leaves Ft. Leavenworth for Utah in 1854

May 20, 2015

Fort Leavenworth I.T. May 19, 1854 Mt dear Mother, Here I am at the jumping off place. I wrote to you some time since today that I had applied for this duty. I wrote also a few days ago to inform you that I had got my request and then was making every preparation for […]

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From the Wide Missouri to the Pacific Shore: Rufus Ingall’s Report of the Steptoe Expedition

July 19, 2010

In 1854-55, an expedition of dragoon and artillery recruits, under the command of Major Steptoe, left Fort Leavenworth for the Pacific Coast. Steptoe carried with him orders to spend the winter in Salt Lake City and, while there, investigate the murder of Captain John Gunnison and his party. Capt. and Assistant Quartermaster Rufus Ingalls, a […]

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Rare Stevenson Journal Paints An Enchanting City of Saints

July 19, 2010

James Stevenson, a recruit in Company A of the 1st Dragoons, served as a member of an army expedition that traveled to Salt Lake City in 1854. Twenty-five years later, he wrote of his observations. We descended the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains into the valley of the Green River, while the snowy peaks […]

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Sticking Up For the Force’s “Mormon Boys”

May 19, 2010

A letter, written by Dragoon Lieutenant Clarendon L. Wilson to Dr. Armistead Mott, of Leesburg, Virginia, was folded and sealed without an envelope, as was the custom of that period. Dr. Mott was the father of our present experienced and efficient military attache in Paris, Colonel T. Bentley Mott. Lieutenant Wilson graduated at West Point […]

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